Mighty Red Pen

June 4, 2008

Personnel vs personal

Filed under: Overseen,Spellbound — mighty red pen @ 5:04 pm
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Hat tip to Helen’s Dad for this little tidbit overseen in Key Biscayne:

He writes of his encounter with a member of the fire department’s personnel:

One of the firemen was walking by when I was taking that photo.  He agreed it was incorrect — he’s trying to teach his kids proper English.  Then I told him I was taking the photo for my friend’s grammar blog.  He said, “What?  A grammar blog.”  I explained what it was and he didn’t answer, just started walking away.  I hollered, “I guess you don’t want the link?”  He turned around and guffawed.  Guy just doesn’t know what he’s missing.

Guffawed? Don’t worry, MRP’s not taking it personally.



  1. “I guess you don’t want the link?”


    Comment by Gopher — June 4, 2008 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve heard of ‘personal parking spaces’ – maybe that’s where the confusion arose. Unless it isn’t a mistake at all?

    Comment by JD — June 5, 2008 @ 5:12 am | Reply

  3. Good question, JD. I certainly wondered the same. The photo doesn’t show this well, but what clinched it for me was that there aren’t any actual marked parking spots there. It’s simply the driveway that the fire engines use. And I think all uses of “personal” I can imagine here are improved with “personnel.”

    Comment by helen's dad — June 7, 2008 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

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